Property of a Distinguished Collector
PETRUS VAN SCHENDEL
1806 - 1870
Market in Amsterdam by Moonlight
signed and dated P van Schendel / 1866 lower centre
oil on panel
75 by 106cm., 29½ by 41¾in.
The panel is flat, even, and ensuring a stable support.
The paint surface is even.
There is some minor rubbing along the extreme framing edges. Minor scuffs are visible in the upper right quadrant of the composition. However, these appear to be in the varnish layers and are only visible upon close inspection.
Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals a thick layer of varnish which prevents the UV from fully penetrating. However, some isolated retouching is visible, including small strokes of strengthening in the clothing of the standing female and some fine lines in the food stall. Otherwise, this work appears to be in good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame with a nameplate.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Sale: Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 30 October 1979, lot 220
Sale: Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 15 May 1984, lot 143
MacConnal-Mason Ltd., London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1985
Antwerp, Tentoonstelling van Levende Meesters, 1869, no. 1043 (as Marché hollandaise – Effet de lumière et de lune. Vue prise à Amsterdam)
Market in Amsterdam by Moonlight demonstrates van Schendel’s preoccupation with both natural and artificial sources of light; the dramatic silhouettes of buildings against the cold light of the moon sharply juxtaposed with the warmth of the candles which bounce off the soft features of the figures at the market. Van Schendel's evocative scenes of night markets defined by dramatic chiaroscuro effects resulted in his moniker: ‘Monsieur Chandelle’.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr Jan de Meere.